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Just in: Nigeria Police Arrest Bloggers Behind ‘Gistlover’ blog Over Cyberstalking, Others

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The National Cybercrime Center of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), acting on a petition by one Mrs Seye Oladejo, has arrested three persons in connection with a case of alleged conspiracy, cyberstalking, and threat to life.A statement released by the spokesperson of the Nigeria Police Force, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said the suspects, namely Adebukola Kolapo, Nnedum Micheal Somtomchukwu and Isaac Akpokighe, all males of ages 27, 25 and 30, respectively, are members of a syndicate called Gistlover Family, responsible for the daily running of the Gistlover blog, a microblogging platform.

The Police spokesperson noted that the blog is known for “cyberstalking, incitement, blackmail, and sundry, which has over the years been a cause for public outcry.”The statement read; “Upon arrest, the suspects revealed their various degrees of involvement in the conspiracy, corroborating the already available overwhelming evidences. The first suspect Adebukola Kolapo a.k.a Omo oba Gistlover was responsible for the creation of over 80 per cent of the Gistlover pages thereby lending his digital footprint for the perpetration of the aforementioned criminal act. Being on the pay roll of the said platform and having enjoyed incentives like car gifts and monies, Adebukola was saddled with the responsibility of scouting, editing and captioning contents including the cyber stalking post made against the complainant, Hon. and Dr. Mrs Oluseyi Oladejo. Adebukola has also contributed in laundering monies gotten from the illegal scheme through various means.

“In more developments, digital Forensic analysis led to the recovery of eight (8) gist lover pages created on the instruction of the head of the syndicate by Adebukola, and wallet addresses used in laundering these monies.“The Second suspect, One Nnedum Somtochukwu also shared in the conspiracy wherein at every point the page was taken down for certain infractions and violation of policies at the instance of reports from Law Enforcement Agencies, the suspect using his platform will by all means redirect traffic to the new page, helping the blog to evade sanctions.

“Enjoying incentives like referrals for promotions from the head of the syndicate, Nnedum has also been found sharing contents, feed backs, and making defamatory remarks with the said head of the syndicate.“The Third suspect, Isaac Akpokighe a 30 years old male resident of Igando Lagos State unlike the duo above, is like hundreds of Nigerians whom having observed the lucrative nature of the Blackmailing, cyber stalking and false information market, decides to imitate the Gistlover blog. By so doing, he created several of such pages and mirrors the activities of the blog including reposting the defamatory and life-threatening post against the complainant and many other notable Nigerians. Digital forensics led to the recovery of four gistlover pages created by Isaac Apkokogho.”

ACP Adejobi added that the suspects will be charged to court upon the conclusion of investigation.‘’While strongly warning against all sorts of partnerships that promote the illegal activities of this blog and others engaging in similar activities, the Inspector General of Police IGP Olukayode Egbetokun PhD. NPM, applauds the Nigeria Police Force National Cybercrime Center led by CP Uche Ifeanyi Henry as he reaffirms the commitment of the Force to ensuring the safety of citizens in the physical and digital space,” the statement added.

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Kwara Govt Holds Inter-Ministerial Press Briefing on Monday

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As part of efforts to keep Kwarans and the world informed about the activities of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s administration during his first year in his second term in office, the Kwara State Government has announced an Inter-Ministerial Press Briefing.

This was contained in a statement released earlier today by the State Commissioner for Communications, Hon. Bolanle Olukoju.

According to the statement, the briefing will feature all Commissioners in the State providing updates on their ministries over the past year.

“The Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s administration has achieved a great deal in the first year of his second term, and while these accomplishments have been discussed in various forums, this briefing will have all commissioners speaking to the press simultaneously,” the statement reads.

The statement further disclosed that the briefing will take place at the Ministry of Communications Conference Room at 10 am on Monday, 20th May 2024, and will be streamed live on the Ministry’s Facebook page.

“We encourage all kwarans to tune in to the live stream and participate in this informative session. The administration remains committed to transparency, accountability, and continuous engagement with the people of Kwara State,” the statement added.

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2024 Hajj: Stakeholders Salute Gov AbdulRazaq, Oloriegbe’s Leadership As Kwara Sets For Inaugural Flight

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Stakeholders involved in the 2024 Hajj operation in Kwara State have commended Senator Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe for his exceptional leadership and competence in handling tasks since his appointment as the Kwara Contingent Leader (Amirul-Hajj).

The commendations were made today during the 2nd Hajj Operation Stakeholders Meeting organised by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) at the General Tunde Idiagbon International Airport, Ilorin, where stakeholders discussed issues related to the smooth operation of the upcoming Hajj exercise.

The meeting was attended by the NAHCON Zonal Chairman, Alh. Afolabi Fijabi; the Airport Manager, Mrs. Yemisi Adebiyi; members of the Kwara State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, led by its Chairman, Prof. Mashood Mahmud Jimba; representatives from various security agencies, among others.

While giving briefings on their readiness for the first flight on the 20th of May, 2024, when the first batch of the contingents would be airlifted to Saudi Arabia, they highlighted the significant interventions of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq through Oloriegbe to ensure a hitch-free exercise for Kwara Contingents.

Oloriegbe in his remarks, also acknowledged the support of Governor Abdulrazaq to ease the task and appealed for further cooperation, understanding, and unity among all stakeholders to ensure a successful operation. He also took a tour of the facilities at the airport and the State Hajj Camp to assess their conditions ahead of the usage and, visited the Pilgrims Welfare Board Office at Gerewu Area of Ilorin to oversee the ongoing pilgrims’ vaccination program and other activities.

The erstwhile lawmaker, however, urged prospective pilgrims to remain cooperative and coordinated in their engagements with the Board’s staff to avoid any issues that could delay the smoothness of the exercises.

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Lagos Assembly Plans Geographic Information Law

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  • bill will create comprehensive database of Lagos state
  • will curb issues involved in land ownership

A new bill that seeks to harmonise all geographic information service projects of Lagos is under consideration at the State House of Assembly.

The Lagos Geographic Information Service bill, which had stakeholders making contributions on Friday, is also aimed at establishing a computerised central database for all information relating to geospatial matters and related issues.

Section 4(2) of the bill says the agency’s responsibilities include introducing, implementing and sustaining best practices for all Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the state as well as “develop and maintain an online platform that will contain all information and statistics on geospatial-related matters.”

Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, said the bill, when passed, would help in improving governance and boosting professionalism.

“It is targeted at integrating governance with advancements in technology. This is something we hope to always take advantage of so that our state can continue to be ahead in the area of development,” Dr. Obasa, represented by Hon. Stephen Ogundipe, a member of the House, said adding that the Assembly will always make the residents of the state its focal point.

Chairman of the House Committee on Physical Planning and Urban Development, Hon. Ogunkelu Sylvester, said the bill “shows a commitment and sincere
sense of duty on the part of the legislators of the state to put people’s interest at heart.

“Today’s public hearing means a lot to the improvement of
information technology and computerised central database in Lagos State.”

Ogunkelu, who represents Epe Constituency 2 at the House, described it as a bill that will cover the database of Lagos just as he commended the Speaker for his passion for the progress of the State.

“The bill will guide the government to have a database of everything concerning Lagos and in this case, you could be in your house and apply for a certificate of ownership on your property and have it without even visiting the Ministry.

“It will also cut sharp practices and curb fraudulent sales of land. For land, the database will have details of owners including their photographs,” he said.

Rasheed Makinde, a former lawmaker, commended the House for its proactiveness while some of the stakeholders suggested the involvement of professional bodies in the proposed law.

Eromosele Ebhomele
Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly.

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